Fodor's Expert Review Central Deborah Gold Mine

Bendigo Museum/Gallery Fodor's Choice

This historic mine, with a 1,665-foot shaft, yielded almost a ton of gold before it closed in 1954. Above ground you can pan for gold, see the old stamper battery, and climb up the poppet head, but the thrill of mining is felt below ground. Three underground tours explore different mine levels; on the Mine Experience you descend 200 feet to widened tunnels, while the Underground Adventure puts you another 78 feet deeper. Nine Levels of Darkness is the ultimate adventure here; over 3½ hours you sign on as a "new chum" and ride a tiny cage lift 748 feet down to dripping original tunnels, where you work a drill, "set" explosives, and climb ladders.

Museum/Gallery Mine Factory Fodor's Choice Family

Quick Facts

76 Violet St.
Bendigo, Victoria  3550, Australia

03-5443–8322

www.central-deborah.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: A$6.50 (above ground only); tours (including entry): Mine Experience A$30, Underground Adventure A$85, Nine Levels of Darkness A$199

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